Last night I watched one of my all time favorite movies………
“When Harry Met Sally” thinking about how Billy Crystal and Meg Ryans chemistry is absolutely undeniable. UNDENIABLE I TELL YOU! Favorite quote of the movie? “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” What an amazing movie. If you’ve never seen it I suggest you do, because you’re missing out on a vital piece of life! You haven’t lived til you watch this movie….This is the scene the movie is best known for:
::For mature audiences only….I don’t know why I feel the need to say that…but I do lol::
I vow to one day marry a man who…..
And that’s that.
(This next little segment is for those of you who are weight conscious/calorie counters this season – so for those of you who aren’t – you are free to move on to the next topic!)
Tis the season to count calories……
Am I right, or am I right? I know I’m right lol.
So for all of you stressed out beyond belief dieters out there… STOP IT. Trust me, I was once the calorie-counting champion of the Midwest. Yes, this little curly head knew the nutritional information of EVERY (and when I say every I mean every) single thing she ate. I still remember the calorie and fat contents of all of the things I eat in my house, just because I messed with my mind for so long. I.E. - Total cereal, peanut butter, raisins, dried apricots, nuts, black beans, apples, bananas, whole wheat toast, oatmeal, honey, eggs blocks of dark chocolate, potatoes, cheese, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, veggie patties….I know the nutritional information to all of these things still.
I thought I would just shed a little light on the “weight” situation before I begin to blog about a plethora of wonderful holiday delights that might make my more body conscious readers cringe. So for those of you who find yourself in this little predicament - I know where you’re coming from, and I understand the want/need to exercise to feel better about yourself, and all of that mumbo jumbo – but seriously….just be happy to be alive this holiday! Give yourself a break, and don’t focus on your weight as much.
Want to see the construction process of a MASSIVE Barbie cake???
Lucky for you - a coworker, Courtney, and I made two in one day last week, and I documented the process for this very occasion!! I cut, iced, and sprayed the cakes, and Courtney made them beautiful. I told Courtney i was going to take credit for the both Barbie cakes in their entirety on my blog....but I just can't lie lol. Courtney is an amazing amazing cake decorator, Im sub par lol.
Here you go:
My sister would describe me as conceited…..
4. I’m a very good baker. Cookies, pies, cakes, etc. – I’ve never heard a single complaint about my baked goods, only positive feedback (with the exception of my father, but he’s hard to please so I take his culinary opinion with a grain of salt lol) But here’s a thought - perhaps I’m a terrible baker and I just don’t know it because everyone else is too polite to tell me different!?!? Noooo….that can’t be it lol ;)
5. I am a very honest person. This one is a burden and a blessing. Honesty comes in handy a majority of the time, but it is somewhat frowned upon by people who do not want to hear the truth. Either way – I tend to tell it how I see it. No surprises here, just the truth.
What are 5 qualities you like about yourself? If you can’t name 5, build up some better self esteen will ya!?!?!?!?!
I AM OFFICIALLY A CULINARY GRADUATE!!!
WOOOOOO!!!! YAAAAAAYYYYYY CHEF JENNA!!!!! WOOOOOOO!!!!!! YAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!
I recently learned, thanks to my good friend/chef Anthony, that anyone can call themselves a chef (I feel so stupid for not knowing that, NO DUH JENNA) and that I must become a certified culinarian through the ACF (aka American Culinary Federation).
I am currently in the process of becoming a "Certified Culinarian" First step was becoming a member of the ACF. Now i'm just waiting for my graduation certificate, my transcripts, and my ACF membership card in the mail, so I can fill out a form - fax it into the ACF - and THEN become a "certified culinarian". Being a culinarian is WAY more official than just calling yourself a chef ;) The whole process is super confusing, but I feel like that's because I'm putting way too much thought into it lol.
So what is my next move? Moving from Ohio to Orlando Florida in the second week of January. Then what? Hmm.....great question lol. I'll have to get back to you when I have the slightest of ideas haha.
I was reminiscing on days of culinary school past, and here are a few memorable ones - in photograph form:
I hope each and every one of you have an amazing weekend! For those of you who are weathering the cold December weather - bundle up and make some chili!
Chili is perfect on chilly December day like these :)
Let us begin....
(1) ADELE – ROLLING IN THE DEEP
She is beautiful, and talented, and UHMAYZINGGGG.
This song is mighty catchy, and oh so groovy....this lady speaks the truth.
(2) THE XX – VCR
(3)THE XX Remix of NOTORIOUS B.I.G.'S JUICY
(4) LYKKE LI – POSSIBILITY
BEN’S CHILI BOWL – WASHINGTON
(1) MOTORIZED ICE CREAM CONE
"The unhealthful but popular practice of yo-yo dieting may have serious ramifications on the body, a study finds, which may make those who eat this way more vulnerable to packing on the pounds.
In the study, released Tuesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, mice were randomly assigned to a calorie-restricted diet, in which they ate 75% of the average amount of calories designed to produce a 10% to 15% weight loss, or to a regular diet with no such restrictions.
Under stressful situations the dieting mice had escalated amounts of the stress hormone corticosterone, and exhibited symptoms of depression. There was a transformation in the DNA of the mice as well&--genes that control eating and stress had changed, and those changes remained after the mice ate enough to go back to their normal, higher weights.
While under stressful circumstances the dieting mice ate more fatty foods than mice that had not dieted. "These results suggest that dieting not only increases stress, making successful dieting more difficult, but that it may actually 'reprogram' how the brain responds to future stress and emotional drives for food," said study co-author Tracy Bale of the University of Pennsylvania, in a news release."
(2) MORE MUPPETS? THE NEW 'SUPERFOODS' WANT KIDS TO EAT HEALTHY
(3) POST-FEAST WEIGHT GAIN ISN'T AS BAD AS YOU THINK
"People tend to gain maybe three-quarters of a pound to a pound over the holiday period," says Roger Cone, chairman of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
He says our brains keep a tight rein on our weight. "It's just like the thermostat in your house," Cone says. If your weight goes up past the set point on the thermostat, your brain tries to slow down your food intake and tells you to start burning calories so you'll lose weight.
It's not a perfect system, and that's why we might put on an extra pound or so at the holiday. But taking off a sudden smallish increase in weight isn't all that difficult, especially when your brain is telling you it's the right thing to do.
Cone says the problem with obesity in this country isn't caused by overeating at the holidays.
"People have overeaten at Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year's Eve prior to the obesity epidemic," he says.
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(1)HOMEMADE PVC PIPE INSTRUMENT MEDLEY
This kid is absolutely amazing. He tried out for both the Blue Man Group and America’s Got Talent – unfortunately he didn’t make either.
Songs included in this awesome medley: Office Theme Song, Linus and Lucy, Tetris Theme, Mario Bros. Theme, Bad Romance, Crazy Train, The Final Countdown and more
(2) BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE BEST HOLIDAY WINDOWS
(3) NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
[[Today’s food clip]]
(1) CHEESECAKE COOKIES
(2) NEW YORK STYLE CHEESECAKE RECIPE – SUNSHINE CHEESECAKE
(3) FOOD WISHES – PUMPKIN PANCAKES
(4) BIZARRE FOODS WITH ANDREW ZIMMERN- GUINEA FOWL